The Discovery: A medical thriller and legal drama with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding suspense
Complications and split-second decisions follow and while the child survives, he is blind.
Twenty years later, that child, Greg Weston, is a paralegal who delves into his past and reviews the records relating to his birth and adoption.
Evidence of physician error—and a possible cover-up—lead the young man to file a multimillion-dollar malpractice suit against Dr. Harry Chapman, now a successful OB/GYN.
The Discovery connects the lives of two very different men across two decades, exposing vulnerabilities, bitterness, and frailties. The lawsuit changes the lives of Greg and Harry and everyone close to them. How many more secrets will be revealed? How many lives will be broken? Who will emerge the victor in court?
Preterm babies and oxygen
The situation that sets off the chain of events in The Discovery is based on historical fact.
In the mid- to late-1940s, there was an epidemic of blindness in premature babies. The cause was discovered in 1950: high concentrations of oxygen in incubators caused inflammation and obstruction of the small arteries in the baby’s retina causing fibrosis and blindness.
From that point forward doctors were well aware of the danger and oxygen-related blindness in newborns became rare. Additionally, no brain damage occurred with low to moderate oxygen concentrations.
Could Dr. Chapman been unaware of the risks that night in 1952? Or were other circumstances in play? Or did he know…but took a dangerous chance?
What readers are saying…
The authors wish to thank everyone who wrote a review on Amazon and other sites. Here are a few favorite excerpts:
“…would make a great film.”
“I found myself enthralled by the characters, sympathetic to some, angry at others, and spellbound by the drama as it played out. This is an excellent novel, and when I was finished with it, I was struck by the fact that The Discovery would make a great film. The lives of Greg Weston and Harry Chapman are intricately entwined, and their story is impossible to ignore. Highly recommended!”
“… suspenseful and fascinating…”
“This is a complex, carefully constructed drama that touches upon numerous themes while offering a suspenseful and fascinating tale. Writing with knowledge and authority, Kraft and Goodman present a stage populated by diverse characters, each fascinating in their own way, and the suspense builds with each section.”
“The Discovery is an engrossing novel that takes surprising turns and engages the reader very quickly. Medicine, love, sex, betrayal, Los Angeles and its gangs and murder, this novel has the reader wanting to know what the outcome will be when everything is said and done.”
“…hard book to put down.”
“There are a lot of moving parts and details which need to come out in the narrative, whereas less skilled writers would not have been able to handle. But in the hands of Kraft and Goodman, the book not only flows but also allows readers to fully become immersed in the world of the story and invest emotionally in the outcome of the trial.
Ultimately, The Discovery strikes the perfect balance between plot and characterization, which makes it a hard book to put down. Full of complex characters, love, sex and violence this novel is perfect for readers who are fans of medical or legal dramas, as well as those who want to read about complex, colorful and professional characters and unique relationships.”—Pacific Book Review
“A simply riveting medical and legal thriller from beginning to end, "The Discovery" is an impressively written and collaborative novel by the team of Louis Kraft and Robert S. Goodman. Replete with deftly crafted characters and unexpected plot twists and turns, "The Discovery" is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.”—Midwest Book Review
About the authors
The Discovery is the result of a collaboration between an established author and a physician with more than a half century of experience in treating patients, navigating hospital politics, and serving as an expert witness in the courtroom.
Louis Kraft is the author of six books and numerous magazine articles. His nonfiction work involves comprehensive research, a skill that came in handy for the historical and legal aspects of The Discovery. (For more on Louis, visit his website.)
Robert S. Goodman, MD, has been in private practice in Encino, California since 1966. He completed all his medical training at UCLA, including a three-year residency in internal medicine and a one-year fellowship in cardiology.
He has served as chief of medicine at two facilities and chief of staff at the Encino Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Goodman has testified in court as an expert witness in defense of hospitals and doctors. He pondered ideas for a novel for many years until he partnered with Louis Kraft to write The Discovery.
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